In the recent entry "Central Valley orange growers look to Thailand for labor" I alluded to a "shocking revelation", and now's the time to reveal what that meant.
The "Jobs for South Asia Coalition" - which you probably never heard of - was a Swiftian satire on guest worker programs.
The "Coalition" wanted to bring victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami to the U.S. as guest workers, and it bore more than a whiff of slavery. In bad taste? Well, shortly after I published the idea, a Cato Institute analyst (Will Wilkinson) came out with a serious proposal closely tracking my (satirical) proposal (reason . com/hod/ww011405.shtml). And, that proposal was published in Reason Magazine. And, that was a couple weeks after I'd sent an email to Reason Magazine asking for their assistance with my "proposal".
Was it just a case of great minds thinking alike?
The blog is at jfsac.blogspot.com, but you can read the latest version here: "Jobs for South Asia Coalition". Please post that link around.
Wed, 02/01/2006 - 22:03 · Importance: 4